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Russian spy poisoned by nerve agent linked to British security consultant who worked for Christopher Steele

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A British security consultant close to the Russian agent who was poisoned last weekend worked for an investigative consultancy agency run by former British MI6 agent Christopher Steele, the Telegraph reports.

According to the Telegraph, the consultant “lived close” to Col. Sergei Skripal, the Russian double agent who was attacked by assassins Sunday. Skripal remains in intensive care after he was targeted with a chemical nerve agent while shopping with his daughter in Salisbury on Sunday.

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As the Telegraph reprots, Skripal “moved to Salisbury” in 2010 and “became close to a security consultant employed by” Steele, the British spy who compiled a dossier alleging collusion between Donald Trump and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election. The British security consultant cited by the Telegraph was also lived in Salisbury and worked at Orbis Business Intelligence, the company run by Steele.

Valery Morozov, a contractor who earned political asylum in the UK after fleeing Russia in 2014, told Channel 4 News on Wednesday he believes Skripal was “in regular contact with military intelligence officers at the Russian Embassy.”

“If you have a military intelligence officer working in the Russian diplomatic service, living after retirement in the UK, working in cyber-security and every month going to the embassy to meet military intelligence officers – for me, being a political refugee, it is either a certain danger or, frankly speaking, I thought that this contact might not be very good for me because it can bring some questions from British officials,” Morozov said.

As RawStory reported Wednesday, the attack on Skripal preceded an in-depth The New Yorker report on Steele’s work compiling the dossier.

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Trump refusing to pay for New Mexico security and barricades — while trying to change the state from blue to red

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President Donald Trump thinks he will win New Mexico. He's repeated the factoid multiple times, including to a group of oil and gas workers and executives Wednesday at a conference in Pittsburgh, PA. But he also made two significant mistakes to put that support in jeopardy.

First, the president indicated he was building his "wall" on the border of Colorado, which is north of New Mexico. It would mean that New Mexico was now part of Mexico.

Second, it was reported by the Albuquerque Journal that their city is yet another one Trump's campaign is refusing to pay for security costs.

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Intel Committee has ‘recent evidence’ Ukraine witnesses are working together to ‘coordinate’ their stories

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House investigators have "recent evidence" of witnesses working to coordinate their testimony before Congress, a Democratic congressman revealed on MSNBC on Wednesday.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who sits on the Intelligence and Judicial committees, was interviewed by MSNBC Chris Hayes.

"Final question, what is the timeline here?" Hayes asked. "There is some transparency argument that at some point this can’t be behind closed doors, the American people, all of us, Republicans, Democrats, citizens and journalists have to hear what’s happening."

"You’re absolutely right and there will be a public phase," Swalwell replied.

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Rudy Giuliani is looking for a lawyer — after saying he didn’t need one: report

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On Wednesday, CNN reported that President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani is looking for a defense attorney to represent him.

This report comes after Giuliani said last week that he would not seek legal representation unless he believed he needed it.

Giuliani is currently under criminal investigation for the scheme he apparently helped facilitate in the Ukraine, where Trump withheld military aid in the fight against Russia while demanding their leaders investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee.

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